​​​​​​​​Welcome to FYSN11: Physics experiments in research and society, 7.5 hp​.


Welcome to the homepage of the course "Physics Experiments in Research and Society".

What characterizes an experimental approach to problem solving, in the laboratory or in the computer. How does one design an experiment to study a specific problem in research or maybe in the daily life? The course aims at addressing these questions by means of linking generic physical principles to a wide range of cases – for example, 'scattering' is used in macroscopic studies of materials as well as on the subatomic level to reveal information about nature's fundamental forces. Following a given theory or hypothesis, the experimental investigation is first broken down into certain sub processes, which are to be checked in the laboratory or by computer simulations. Commonalities of experiments from micro cosmos to macro cosmos are stressed. The focus is on problems where the quantum nature of physics is likely to provide the answer.

The course content brings together physics knowledge from particle- nuclear- atomic- and solid state and materials physics, much of which has been studied in specialized courses on the bachelor level. The advancement in FYSN11 is in the synthesis to a general Physics view.  The factual content of the course forms the platform from which the other main learning goal of the course is exercised, namely to train general academic competences which are specific learning goals of a master education. The purpose is preparation for a work situation after the academic studies either in academia or in the society in general.

Such competences include:

  • acquire, assemble and communicate complex information orally and in writing
  • timely delivery of results
  • evaluate the accomplishments
  • relate to ethical and societal aspects
  • identify the need for further knowledge
The student is expected to take a large responsibility for composing his/her own relevant information. Not too much - not to little but enough to convey the information understandably to colleagues. In a work situation, this is an expected competence of an academic employee.

​​ ​​​​​Contents


  • Lectures on physics experiments and common concepts.


  • Lectures on academic writing and oral presentation   


  • Practical work - present as scientific article - inform colleagues


  • Group tutorials. Lead your group in learning a specific topic
  • Proposal project- write and present a proposal to use large scale infrastructures for an experiment. Contact with researcher.

Course design


 Term: Autumn​                     ​​​​Period: ​1​​​
 Level: ​A
 Language: English 
 Coordinator: ​Johan Gustafson
 Registration/Requirements: LUBAS

The teaching is based on lectures, self-studies and tutorials (discussion groups), seminars. A hands-on exercise is one source of information. Much of the work except lectures is in groups. The volumes of classroom meetings listed here are seen from the perspective of one student    Lectures: ​ 22 hours
   Exercises:  4 hours
    Tutorials: 6 hours
   Projects:  6 hours
   Other group work: 3 hours


Assessment is based on submitted written material in essay form, oral presentations and activity during group work. The content, treatment and explanation of the subject, selection of material as well as the formal/technical realization (like language style and correctness) of the task will be evaluated.


In principle the student composes his/her own material. Old course books are a valuable source of information. Deepening on interaction of radiation with matter and detectors are described in an e-book by Stefan Tavernier:


available at the University library electronic services. Specialized articles are available at the course site in Live@Lund.

Teachers and Assistants


  • Joakim Cederkäll, joakim.cederkall@nuclear.lu.se     +46462227685
  •  Johan Gustafson, johan.gustafson@sljus.lu.se             +46462223870
  • Torsten Åkesson, torsten.akesson@hep.lu.se 
  •  Anders Oskarsson, anders.oskarsson@hep.lu.se     +46462227707
  • Robert Frost, robert.frost@nuclear.lu.se
  • Kim von Allmen, kim.vonallmen@sljus.lu.se

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